Spain is the sixth largest European country. The country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula is vast and diverse. From its diverse geography and cultures to its unique architecture from its historical sites, museums and palaces to its Gothic churches make Spain one of the best countries to visit in Europe. The country is filled with beautiful cities dotted with magnificent landmarks and villages that look straight out of a movie set. We’ve previously talked about the 10 Cities You Must Visit In Spain, on this list, we are mentioning 10 Things You Must Do In Spain.
10 Things You Must Do In Spain
1. Visit Alhambra in Granada:
Alhambra is one gem of a place that you have to visit in Spain. The palace and fortress complex of the Moorish kings in Granada can’t be missed. The popular Mirador de San Nicolás in the hilly Albaicín neighbourhood stays quite busy with tourists. The Mirador de Los Carvajales in Placeta Carvajales also gives a great view other than the lookout point. The sunset here is a treat for your eyes, make sure to witness that. Visit the castle in Xativa with a mini version of the Wall of China.
2. Walk along the Caminito del Rey in Málaga:
If you are looking for a bit of adrenaline rush then the Caminito del Rey is perfect for you. King’s Pathway in English, the Caminito del Rey has a trail of about 8 kilometres via the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes in the province of Málaga. The wooden-plank walkways hang about 100 meters above the river into the rocky walls of the gorge. The view is mind-blowing and scary at the same time.
3. Roam among blooming cherry trees and explore Extremadura:
Extremadura is a remote place consisting of mountains, forests, lakes and reserves, the Monfragüe National Park and Cornalvo Natural Park. Witness the diverse birdlife, the capital Mérida, the Roman ruins, the Guadiana River and the cherry trees. The Valle del Jerte in Extremadura blends itself with the colours of bloomed cherries during spring. From late March to early April would be the ideal time to visit this place.
4. Explore the cliffs in the Basque Country:
In northern Spain lies the Basque Country, known for its strong cultural traditions and ancient language, its celebrated cuisine, its vibrant riverside city and its architecture. Apart from filling your stomach with delicious food and visiting Playa de la Concha, or marvelling at the architecture of and art inside Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum, there are many other things to do here. For nature lovers, the hiking route known as the Ruta del Flysch will be a treat. The 10 kilometres of cliffs extend between Zumaia, Deba and Mutriku.
5. Explore the Doñana National Park:
Spain’s Doñana National Park is known for its wetlands, lakes, migratory birds, pine forests, cliffs, beaches and shifting coastal dunes. The park also includes a 20th-century palace called Palacio del Acebron, a religious sanctuary called El Rocío Hermitage and on the coast, Playa de Matalascañas is a great place to relax. The park covers 116,000 hectares and much of it is in Huelva other than Seville and Cádiz. More than 200,000 aquatic birds inhabit the marshlands. You can also indulge yourself in hot-air ballooning, horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking, kite surfing and more.
6. Go boating along the Rías Baixas in Galicia:
Extensive white-sand beaches and crystalline icy waters, Galicia is one of the best places to spend time in Spain. The food, the drinks, and the cruise along the idyllic Rías Baixas are musts here. The Rías Baixas are a series of four estuarine inlets that creates a beautiful scenario. The Islas Atlánticas National Park comprising the islands of Ons, Cíes, Sálvora and Cortegada is a must explore here. This place is simply a little paradise.
7. Explore, hike, cycle through the Bardenas Reales:
The Bardenas Reales between Navarra and Aragón is known for its soaring canyons, sandstone cliffs & rocky outcrops. Made up of clay, chalk and sandstone, the semi dessert has been eroded by water and wind creating surprising shapes, plateaus, tabular structures and isolated hills. The semi-desert landscape of more than 40,000 hectares reminds you of the NASA pictures of Mars or the Grand Canyon. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones then you might recognize some spots from the sixth season.
8. Authentic Paella in Valencia & enjoy a Flamenco performance:
Valencia is the birthplace of the popular Spanish dish, Paella originating in the mid-19th century. You can find Paella all over Spain but the ones in Valencia has a different touch. Apart from the rabbit meat, the vegetarian options, fish paella, black rice paella, only meat paella without the rabbit, the mixed paella of fish and meat are also great for someone not into rabbit meat. Also, enjoy the stunning architecture and monuments. The Flamenco is quite unique in present-day music. So, witnessing or participating in one is must in Spain. You can find some across the country but the best ones are in Seville and Madrid.
9. Ride the Only International ZipLine:
The one thing you can only experience in Spain. The only cross-border zip line in the world is offred by Spain. The Limite Zero will offer you an opportunity to slide down a wire from the white Andalusian village of Sanlúcar de Guadiana to Alcoutim in eastern Algarve. It will take you across the Guadiana River to Portugal and as Portugal has a different time zone, it will also take you forward in time.
10. Hike the Picos De Europa:
The mountain range extending for about 20 km forms part of the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain. Torre de Cerredo, at an elevation of 2650 m is the highest peak. This place is for the lovers of mother nature. Along the walking path in the Picos de Europa, you’ll not only witness mountains but also some of the deepest caves in Europe including Torca del Cerro.
Take a Trip Along the Camino de Santiago
Walking along the ancient pilgrimage to the tomb of St James in Santiago de Compostela is a great experience to have in Spain. Most people take you through the Camino Frances, the Pyrenees, Pamplona and the wine country of La Rioja, across the Spanish Meseta and the city Leon and the green countryside of Galicia.
Sky diving in Costa Brava
Now this one is not for everyone, but if you are looking for an adventure of your life then, Sky diving in Empuriabrava is a great way to start.